This impressive book in this versatile author's Free State series (see also lots 124 and 132) must rank as among the best South African city histories. Schoeman, the winner of two Hertzog prizes and many other awards, has had a lifelong interest his native province (he was born in Trompsburg, south of Bloemfontein).
The laminated jacket illustration, described in detail on the book's back flap, is a photograph of a 1851 painting by Thomas Baines preserved in the Pretoria Archives. The dustjacket is edge-chipped and the top of the front cover has a tape repair. The blue paper-boards are shelf-worn and the other extremities are rubbed. The binding is tight.
Pasted on to the fly sheet (see image) is a page with Bloemfontein's coat of arms blind embossed and the details of this copy (number 100) presented by the city's mayor to an Orange Free State provincial councillor.
viii + 305 pp of double-column text (in Afrikaans; though, unusually, all the chapter titles are quotations in English) + an art paper section with 174 captioned b/w photographs. The final letterpress section includes a 30 pp bibliography and a 10 pp index.
- Jacket Condition: Good
- Binding Condition: Good
- Overall Condition: Very Good
- Size: 250 x 190 x 40
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